Week Fourteen Analysis:
It's three straight games with over 300 yards, and five straight games with multiple touchdowns for Carson Palmer. He's been one of fantasy football's best players over the last month. The emergence of Michael Floyd has helped a lot, as defenses no longer can choose to simply shut down Larry Fitzgerald and eliminate the Cardinals offense. The Rams secondary is a wobbly unit, with some particularly bad play from their cornerbacks. Last week, Colin Kaepernick just put up his second-biggest yardage game against them. The week before that, Josh McCown threw for 352 and two. The week before that Andrew Luck threw for 353 yards before yielding to Matt Hasselbeck who helped the Colts top 400 yards. So, Palmer has really nice upside this week.
Week Thirteen Analysis:
Quietly, Carson Palmer has been one of fantasy football's most reliable quarterbacks over the past couple months. He's thrown two touchdowns in five of his last six games. And in the last two weeks, he's posted 314 and 419 yards. He should be able to continue that level of success this week against a very yielding Eagles secondary. Philadelphia allows the most passing yards per game, 315. Somehow, they've managed to give up at least 246 yards in every single game. And in their last three games, tepid passers Robert Griffin, the since-benched Scott Tolzien, and the since-benched Terrell Pryor posted games of 264 yards, 280 yards, and 288 yards. So, yardage won't be a problem for Palmer, and he should extend his streak of four straight two-touchdown games to five.
Week Twelve Analysis:
For a decade the book in Indy's defense was the same: you could run at will on Indy's defense, but you couldn't pass (or didn't bother to pass). So we benched most opposing quarterbacks and receivers, while elevating runners and backup runners. But the script has been turned upside down this year. The Colts run defense is stout, and teams are passing on them with impunity. In recent weeks, Case Keenum put up 350 and 3. Kellen Clemens got to 250 and two. If those guys can do it, so can Carson Palmer, a guy with multiple scores in four of his last five games.
Week Eleven Analysis:
Carson Palmer has quietly thrown multiple touchdowns in three of the past four games, including a couple of tough matchups against San Francisco and Houston. He's done a good job of involving Arizona's secondary receivers, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts. He'll face the Jaguars, a team that has allowed opposing quarterbacks to score multiple touchdowns in seven games. That includes backup Ryan Fitzpatrick last week, who scored by land and air. Palmer's a nice sneaky start against the team giving up the most points.
Week Eight Analysis:
The dirty birds have a secondary that's been a dirty little secret thus far in 2013. The NFC No. 1 secondary last year have given up multiple touchdown passes to every quarterback they've faced this season, and they haven't picked off a ball in three weeks. This is a feat considering that they've faced a suddenly mediocre Tom Brady, and two rookie quarterbacks in the last three contests. Enter Carson Palmer, the very definition of a matchup start. Palmer has topped 250 yards in each of his last two games, something he only did once in the first five contests. The average quarterback line against the Falcons is a whopping 286 passing yards and 2.3 touchdowns.